5 Essential Rules for Composition in Photography

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Venice, Arcades, Doge's Palace

Good Composition is a key element of good photographs yet is something that is hard to define. I would like to describe it as a set of ‘tools’ that can be taken out of one’s compositional tool belt at any given time in the construction of a great image. The key is to remember that… Read more »

What is Depth of Field

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fall, leaves, maple

Over my twenty-six years of working in the photography business, I’ve come to discover that one area that many photography enthusiasts often have the hardest time mastering is depth of field. Whereas beginning students usually manage to work well with their cameras in manual mode, which forces them to make their own selections of apertures… Read more »

How to Create a Blurry Background in Your Photographs

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Ice covered branch after freezing rain

You can create a blurry background in your photography with a very simple process. When you are photographing people or objects, a soft focus background can help rid your photo of any potential distractions. This effect is called a shallow depth of field.   With a shallow depth of field, just the face or person… Read more »

Tips on Landscape Photography

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philosophy D     Consider a few important questions. – What is it about this scene that inspires you? – What elements found in the scene have attracted your attention? – Which elements (such as theme, line, or point of view) do you wish to   preserve?   As you ponder these questions, remember that the… Read more »

Macro Photography Tips

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Bee on Echinacea

Macro Photography is a wonderful way to get to see the world from up close.There are a number of ways to get into macro photography ranging from inexpensive to outrageously expensive. Tough decisions to make, especially for someone who doesn’t make their living from photography. If you decide you want to explore macro photography you… Read more »